September 2011 News

Earthquakes? A Hurricane? Apocalypse - Or Just Boat Race Fever?


The Potomac Boat Race Returns!

October 1, 2011

Meetup at Georgetown Waterfront at 12:30, Races at 1:00

Reception at the Ritz (Georgetown) to Follow

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Mark your calendars, fellow alumni! It's time for the great Potomac Boat Race! Men's and Women's Teams will race the Dark Blues for the Cup of Destiny!

Libations will follow this epic contest! Fun will be had!
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In the meantime, you can show your support (and help the Society) by purchasing fan kit - shirts, mugs, totes, baby gear, even mousepads!

Visit www.cafepress.com/2011Potomac to check out the très chic (and reasonably priced) designer merchandise!

Simply select the items you would like to purchase, pay with your credit card, and they will be shipped directly to your home! Even better, you'll have them in time to wear to the big event! Or you can wear them to the planning meetings we have coming up!

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For those who want to join in the planning (or rowing - slots still available!), see below for details! If you have any questions, or want to sign up for planning or rowing, please contact Sebastian.



 

Events This Month

(See Below for Event Details.)

   
September 1, 6:30 p.m.  "First Thursday" Drinks at Willard
September 3, 7:40 a.m.  Boat Race Practice on Potomac (Meet at Thompson's)
September 8, 7:00 p.m.  Boat Race Planning Meeting at Willard
September 10, 7:40 a.m.  Boat Race Practice on Potomac (Meet at Thompson's)
September 10, 3:00 & 8:00  CAST Performance of Macbeth (Hagerstown)
September 15, 3:00 p.m.  "Third Thursday" Coffee at World Bank
September 17, 7:40 a.m.  Boat Race Practice on Potomac (Meet at Thompson's)
September 17, 10:00 a.m.  Boat Race Planning Meeting at Johnny Rockets
September 17, 8:00 p.m.  CAST Performance of Macbeth (Washington, VA)
September 19, 7:30 p.m.  CAST Performance of Macbeth (Frostburg)
September 24, 7:40 a.m.  Boat Race Practice on Potomac (Meet at Thompson's)
September 24, 10:00 a.m.  Boat Race Planning Meeting at Johnny Rockets
October 1, 1:00 p.m.  Cambridge-Oxford Potomac Boat Race (Meet at 12:30 at Georgetown Waterfront)
October 6, 6:30 p.m.  Homecoming Drinks at Willard (and Society Board Election)

September "First Thursday" Drinks

Date:
Thursday, September 1, 2011

Time:
6:30 p.m.

Location:
Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, in “Peacock Alley”

Washington, DC

The Drinks is an elegant but low-key event where you can enjoy a great mix of alumni of all ages, degree programs and life experiences, with lots to discuss in a friendly and easygoing environment. Bring your friends and family - everyone with an alumni connection is welcome!

To get there, just go through the Willard's lobby, up the steps and past the piano to the long hall (called “Peacock Alley”). Then just look for the Cambridge Crest on a table!


Cambridge-Oxford Potomac Boat Race Practices and Planning Meetings

Dates and Times

Saturday, September 3, 2011, 7:40 a.m. (Practice at Thompson's)
Thursday, September 8, 2011, 7:00 p.m. (Planning at Willard)
Saturday, September 10, 2011, 7:40 a.m. (Practice at Thompson's)
Saturday, September 17, 2011, 7:40 a.m. (Practice at Thompson's), 10:00 a.m. (Planning at Johnny Rockets)
Saturday, September 24, 2011, 7:40 a.m. (Practice at Thompson's), 10:00 a.m. (Planning at Johnny Rockets)

Locations for Events:

Johnny Rockets
3131 M St., NW
Washington, DC
Thompson's Boat House
2900 Virginia Ave., NW
Washington, DC
Willard Hotel (Peacock Alley)
1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC

With the second annual Cambridge-Oxford Alumni Boat Race on the Potomac approaching quickly (October 1!), interested alumni will be meeting to plan and practice.

Any and all folks interested in helping to plan this autumn's Boat Race (whether as a rower or organizer) are welcome! No experience is necessary!

To register your interest in taking part in any of the above events, please contact Sebastian. Walk-ins are welcome as well (especially for planning meetings).


"Macbeth" by Cambridge University American Stage Tour

Dates, Times and Places: 

September 10, 2011
3:00 and 8:00
Free!

Alumni Association Amphitheatre
Hagerstown Community College
11400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD, 21742

(Amphitheater is at back of campus, at left of large ARCC building.

Click for Info and Tickets

September 17, 2011
8:00
$20 Adults, $10 Under-18's

The Theatre at Washington, VA
291 Gay Street
Washington, VA 22747

Click for Info and Tickets

(Seating is reserved.)

September 19, 2011
7:30
$12 (Cash/Check Only),
$6 Students

Performing Arts Center, Pealer Recital Hall
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532

Click for Info and Tickets

One of the greatest works in Western literature, 'Macbeth' explores the very nature of human existence: love and duty, power and loss, good and evil.

A barren, post-apocalyptic wasteland, dead trees, and broken mirrors. Cambridge American Stage Tour’s 2011 production of Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece presents a nightmarish vision of the future, where nothing is quite as it seems. Inspired by modern dystopian fiction, prepare to descend into a landscape of broken dreams and bloody ambitions, inhabited by murderers and madmen. In a world of royal isolation, amidst smiling courtiers and a promise of immortality, Macbeth is king of nothing.

Under the patronage of Dame Judi Dench, CAST has given sixteen students the opportunity to tour America over the past twelve years, establishing itself as one of the most prestigious tour shows in Cambridge.


 "Third Thursday" Coffee at the World Bank

Date:
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Time:
3:00 p.m.

Location:
World Bank
1818 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

The Bank and IMF are full of Cambridge alumni, and afternoon coffees are a favorite ritual. Please therefore let your alumni colleagues know about this enjoyable get-together, and we will see you with latte in hand! Look for the Cambridge Crest on a cafeteria table by the Café.

Please note that all alumni are welcome to attend, as are guests, but getting visitor passes can be tricky. If you would like to attend from outside, please contact Sebastian as soon as possible.

This specific event has been opened to alumni from all British Universities (yes, even Oxonians!) in order to help folks in all of our institutions develop an even wider personal and professional network.If you would like to organize a get-together at work, please see below for details of how to do so!




Society Board Elections to Be Held at Homecoming Drinks (October 6)

Society Board nomination season is here!

The Society has extended the deadline for nominations until COB Friday, September 9.

Here is your chance to have fun, help the Society and get a great line on your CV!

We are seeking nominees for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and multiple Organizers.

Organizers take the lead with benchmark events (such as the Boat Race and Garden Party) and can develop portfolios such as theatre events, concerts or lectures.

No experience is necessary. The workload is generally quite light, but commitment is required. All positions are "open" - there are no pre-identified or "official" candidates.

To nominate yourself or a fellow alum, please write to Peter (Chair, Board of Directors), at phansen@peterhansenlaw.com. Please identify the position(s) and include a paragraph for each explaining why the nominee would be good for the position.


Pledges May Now Be Paid Into the Society!

Did you know that the Cambridge Society of Washington, D.C. is the only tax-exempt, incorporated Cambridge local alumni society in the United States? As we start this new phase, we encourage those who have already pledged money (or who would like to make a donation) to send their check made out to "Cambridge Society of Washington, D.C." to

Cambridge Society of Washington, D.C

c/o Law Offices of Peter C. Hansen, LLC

1725 Eye Street, N.W., Suite 300

Washington, D.C. 20006 

Your tax-deductible donations will go to developing the Society's new website and planning events, and will have a major positive impact!

Many thanks to those who have already paid in their pledgesFor those who haven't yet paid in, or who would like to donate, we look forward to hearing from you, and thank you in advance for your kind contribution!
 
If you have any questions about pledging or donating, please contact Sebastian. 

Planning for Formal Dinner
 
The Society is currently considering whether to hold a fundraising dinner. This would be a formal event, with three courses plus wine, for around $120. If you were interested in attending such an event (or turned off by it), please let us know by contacting Sebastian

Still Collecting Anecdotes!
 
With the imminent launch of the new website, we are planning to let alumni interested in the history of Cantab DC enjoy the fascinating stories and anecdotes which the Society’s veterans have to share.
 
If you have stories you wish to share with other alumni, please don’t hesitate to mail them to Sebastian. Thanks a lot
We're on Facebook!
 
Facebookers! Your Cambridge Society of Washington, DC page can be accessed here. If you have any ideas or suggestions regarding the page, please contact our Secretary, Josef.

I Want to Touch Base or Get Involved!
 
If you like to get in touch with the Society, or put together an event for your fellow alumni, we thank you! Please contact our Secretary, Josef.
Help Us Get in Touch with Local Alumni
 
There are over 1600 Cambridge alumni in the Washington/Baltimore metro area, but we have only around 1100 e-mail addresses. Many alumni are new to the area, some are only on their college lists (which aren't always shared), and some don’t even know the Society exists!
 
Please don’t assume that your local alumni friends are on our mailing list. If they are interested in what the Society is doing, please encourage them to drop a line to our Secretary, Josef, to get on the mailing list. Alternatively, just forward them this newsletter! You may be surprised to hear that they've never seen it before!
 
Thanks for helping to build our Society!
Remember to Save the Date!

September 1 - "First Thursday" Drinks at Willard

September 3 - Boat Race Practice on Potomac (Meet at Thompson's)

September 8 - Boat Race Planning Meeting at Willard

September 10 - Boat Race Practice on Potomac (Meet at Thompson's)

September 10 - CAST Performance of Macbeth (Hagerstown)

September 15 - "Third Thursday" Coffee at World Bank

September 17 - Boat Race Planning Meeting at Johnny Rockets (Also: Potomac Practice)

September 17 - CAST Performance of Macbeth (Washington, VA)

September 19 - CAST Performance of Macbeth (Frostburg)

September 24 - Boat Race Planning Meeting at Johnny Rockets (Also: Potomac Practice)

October 1 - Cambridge-Oxford Potomac Boat Race (Meet at 12:30 at Georgetown Waterfront)

October 6 - Homecoming Drinks at Willard (and Society Board Election